September 07, 2008

Blogging: A Bibliography

Blogging: A Bibliography

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What I have learned so far about blogging has been through experience advice from people involved in warwick blogs and what I have picked up from various sites. I haven't as yet read any '(very) old media' - i.e. books on blogging. However now I'm going to start teaching about blogging it seems sensible to provide indicators to what is available and also gathering a bibliography starts to give people an overview of what is happening in this area of new media.

Certainly when I tell friends and colleagues that I blog they don't quite know what to make of this. They don't quite know what it is and their impression from the media is that it is largely done by a load of ill educated people who are either sad cases wanting to spout off to the world or else tecchie geeks who don't have a life outside of the internet. Beginning to gather a list of what is available and the dates and also which publishers are involved provides clues too what is happening in this rapidly evolving area of virtual society.

Cetainly I havn't yet come across any more scholarly analytical work on the growth impact and changes that blogging is making. however there are a lot of get out and do it type of books and also plenty of marketing and business style books. This in itself signifies a changing culture.

I've just ordered a couple of titles from Amazon (where else) and will eventually provide some brief annotations. This might help teahcers / lecturers / librarians prioritise what might be useful for their students.

This page will be updated on a regular basis as I'm sure there will be plenty of words pouring out.


Gardner & Birle. 2nd Ed. 2008.  Blogging For Dummies. Wiley

I haven't actually used any of the For Dummies series but the ability to search through the cahpters online showed me that a lot of the content looked good for non-technical people like me.

Grappone & Couzin. 2008.Search Engine Optimization: An Hour a Day. Wiley-Blackwell.

(Why I ordered this. SEO as I've outlined elswhere is crucial to making any web presence effective. This is a recent book and published by Wiley / Blackwell publishers that I have trusted over many years to produce good quality academic and technical books. We will see if my bet is right :_).

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